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October
2000


October 31, 2000
Ryan Reopens McClugage Bridge After Multi-Million Dollar Rehab
PEORIA -- Governor George H. Ryan today joined local officials to reopen the eastbound McClugage Bridge following a $26 million rehabilitation that will extend the life of the bridge deck for another 25 years.


October 31, 2000
Ryan: $405,600 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $405,600 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $150,000 to the Village of Teutopolis for the extension of Water Street.


October 31, 2000
Ryan: $1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago South
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,411,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago South including $966,200 to Stickney Township to complete the second phase of construction/renovation at the Township Senior Center.


October 31, 2000
Ryan: $1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.091 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $350,000 to Western Illinois University for infrastructure improvements on a recently purchased building.


October 31, 2000
Ryan: $601,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Metro East Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $601,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $200,000 to the village of Maryville for an addition to the Village Hall and Police Department Facility.


October 31, 2000
Ryan: $2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,372,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $350,000 to Shelby Memorial Hospital to purchase two Digital Radiology Systems.


October 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $2 Million Open Land Trust Grant to Lake County Forest Preserve District
WAUCONDA -- New hiking trails, picnic areas and the restoration of habitat and wetlands are coming to Lake County after Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $2 million grant through the Open Land Trust program.


October 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Grants for Lakefront Trail in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $2.1 million grant to the city of Chicago to create a new and improved bike trail on Chicago's lakefront between Belmont and Fullerton Avenues to accommodate more trail users.


October 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $2 Million Open Land Trust Grant to Cook County Forest Preserve District
New land to be named after the late Walter Payton
SOUTH BARRINGTON -- Governor George H. Ryan was joined by Connie Payton, widow of the late Bears running back Walter Payton, today as he awarded a $2 million grant to the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Through money provided by the Open Land Trust program 65 acres of land will be purchased to preserve and restore wetland habitats. A nature trail system will be developed providing access to natural areas, allowing for wildlife observation and nature education for site visitors.


October 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $1.95 Million Open Land Trust Grant to Village of Orland Park
ORLAND PARK -- The Village of Orland Park will be able to purchase land that will save several endangered bird and plant species thanks to a $1.95 million grant awarded by Governor George H. Ryan.


October 30, 2000
Governor Ryan Awards $1.9 Million Grant for Centennial Trail
LYONS -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $1.9 million grant to the Cook County Forest Preserve District to construct a portion of the Centennial Bike Trail along the Illinois and Michigan National Heritage Corridor between Lemont and Lyons.


October 30, 2000
Historic Train Depot Receives State Grant
BROOKFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a $97,000 grant to the village of Brookfield for the rehabilitation of its historic train depot.


October 27, 2000
Governor and First Lady Host Halloween at Executive Mansion
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor and Mrs. Ryan invite all kindergarten through sixth grade elementary children to visit the Illinois Executive Mansion for the annual "No Tricks-Just Treats!" Halloween festivities on Sunday, October 29, 2000 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


October 27, 2000
Governor Ryan Proclaims "Make A Difference Day" in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan has proclaimed Saturday, October 28, as the 10th Annual "Make a Difference Day" in Illinois. This event is the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on the same day. It is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation.


October 27, 2000
First Lady Commends AmeriCorps Volunteers for Giving Year of Service
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today presided over the inauguration ceremony for more than 350 AmeriCorps volunteers offering praise, encouragement, and gratitude for the positive influence they will have on the children they will serve.


October 27, 2000
Governor Announces Pollution Prevention Award Winners
LISLE -- Governor George H. Ryan today named 17 companies winners of the Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards for their achievements in reducing hazardous, solid and liquid wastes and toxic air emissions.


October 27, 2000
Governor Announces Installation of Traffic Signals at Illinois Route 13 and Illinois Route 166 Near Marion
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Department of Transportation will install traffic signals at Illinois Route 13 and Illinois Route 166 to improve safety at that intersection.


October 27, 2000
Governor Ryan, Mexican AG Secretaries Discuss Trade
DECATUR -- Governor Ryan today reaffirmed the need to continue the strong trade relationship with Mexico and discussed the clean air benefits of ethanol-blended fuels while visiting with Mexican agriculture secretaries Friday at a stop on a tour of the state's largest ethanol producer.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $505,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $505,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $100,000 to the Village of Buffalo Grove for the expansion of its public works garage.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $388,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's Southwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $388,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects for Chicago's southwest suburbs, including $104,000 to Little Friends, Inc. for building repairs at various facilities.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $43,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Kankakee River Valley
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $43,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee River Valley, including $25,000 to Braceville Township in Grundy County for a building addition at the Township Maintenance Facility.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $779,700 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $779,700 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, including $125,000 to the Village of Schaumburg to construct a gateway.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $160,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $160,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $50,000 for the creation and implementation of new and replacement video.


October 27, 2000
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's South Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.346 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's southern suburbs, including $499,000 to the Village of Oak Lawn to continue renovations and redevelopment to the downtown area.


October 26, 2000
Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Party Organized for Children Participating in After-School Programs Supported by First Lady's Futures for Kids Initiative
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan sponsored several celebrations statewide this week recognizing the outstanding efforts made by students to succeed in school and stay safe. The parties were provided with the assistance of Chuck E. Cheese's and Pace.


October 26, 2000
Governor Announces Enhanced Illinois Presence in China
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois is taking advantage of normalized trade relations with China by establishing an Illinois Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai, China.


October 26, 2000
Ryan Hosts First Annual Governor's Workforce Conference
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today convened the state's first annual Governor's Workforce Conference, bringing together state and local agencies and members of the business community to take stock of Illinois' progress in revamping its statewide workforce development system, and to consider ways to make newly mandated changes benefit workers and employers throughout the state.


October 25, 2000
Ryan: $150,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Rockford and Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $150,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Rockford and Northern Illinois, including $120,000 to the Village of Durand for upgrades to the community's sewage treatment plant.


October 25, 2000
Ryan: $555,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $555,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $175,000 to the Vernon Township Road District to help with the installation of new storm sewers to prevent flooding.


October 25, 2000
Ryan: $573,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $573,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage County, including $150,000 to the Itasca Fire Department for new equipment.


October 25, 2000
RYAN: $257,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects For Suburban Cook County and Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $257,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $100,000 to the Broadview Park District to help improve facilities.


October 25, 2000
Ryan: $368,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's North and Northwest Suburbs
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $368,500 Illinois FIRST funding for projects for Chicago's north and northwest suburbs, including $100,000 to the Winnetka Park District for improvements to Elder Lane Park.


October 25, 2000
Newell Rubbermaid Expands in Illinois
FREEPORT -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the recently consolidated Newell Window Furnishings/Kirsch division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. will construct a new warehouse- distribution facility in Freeport, which will accommodate the company's expansion plans. Newell Rubbermaid currently employs 592 workers at the company's Freeport manufacturing facility and the expanded warehouse-distribution facility will result in the creation of 75 new jobs.


October 25, 2000
Governor Ryan Thanks Speaker Hastert for His Efforts on Behalf of Medicaid Beneficiaries Nationwide
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today expressed his appreciation to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert for his efforts to prevent over $1 billion in funding cuts in Illinois for healthcare services to low-income families.


October 24, 2000
Governor's Coal Conference Highlights Clean Coal Initiatives
SPRINGFIELD -- The 2000 Governor's Illinois Coal Conference convened in Springfield today, with a focus on fostering the development and deployment of clean coal-burning technologies.


October 23, 2000
Ryan Officially Opens Rebuilt Stevenson Expressway (I-55)
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today officially reopened the newly rebuilt Stevenson Expressway (I-55) ahead of its scheduled October 31 completion date. The 15-mile-long, $567 million project is a part of the overall Illinois FIRST program, a five-year, $12 billion program designed to build, repair and upgrade Illinois' critical infrastructure.


October 23, 2000
State Receives Land Donation In Marshall And Putnam Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that the state has received a donation of 356 acres of land along the Illinois River in Marshall and Putnam Counties from the Richard King Mellon Foundation through The Conservation Fund.


October 20, 2000
First Lady Encourages Participation In "Red Ribbon Week"
CHICAGO -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today asked all Illinois citizens to wear a red ribbon as a show of support for a drug-free lifestyle in celebration of "Red Ribbon Week", October 21-October 28.


October 20, 2000
Governor Announces Urban and Community Forestry Grants
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $107,359 in grants to 27 communities for urban forestry projects.


October 20, 2000
CDAP Grant to Benefit Town of Cortland, Expansion of Alexander Lumber Company
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the Town of Cortland will receive a Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grant of $224,243 to assist in the expansion of Alexander Lumber Company, which owns nearly 50 lumber yards ranging from southern Wisconsin to central Illinois.


October 20, 2000
Governor Announces $300,000 Grant to Rehabilitate Vacant Hotel Into Home for the Elderly
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded a $330,000 grant to the City of Quincy to assist Newcomb Place Limited Partnership rehabilitate the historic Newcomb Hotel into an assisted living facility for the elderly. As a result, the project will create 33 new jobs.


October 20, 2000
Governor Announces $300,000 Grant to the City of Red Bud
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the City of Red Bud has been awarded a grant of $374,060 to assist Secon Rubber and Plastics, Inc. construct a new 25,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The new facility will result in the retention of 14 jobs and the creation of 24 new jobs.


October 19, 2000
Medline Industries, Inc. to Expand in Mundelein
Over Two Hundred New Jobs Created
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the State of Illinois is assisting Medline Industries, Inc. with plans to expand the company's current facility in Mundelein. The project will result in 243 new jobs and the retention of another 920 current workers.


October 17, 2000
Governor Honored at Illinois Technology Showcase
Illinois ranks 4th in Digital State Survey; Up from 49th in 1998
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan was honored today at the opening of the Illinois Technology Showcase for Illinois' recently announced fourth-place finish out of the 50 states in the 2000 Digital State Survey.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $210,000 to the Coalition for United Community Action for a program that will help minority and women construction workers find training and instruction that will enable them to take on supervisory positions.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $485,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $485,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $100,000 to El Centro De La Causa for building improvements that will help improve the quality of professional services provided to families in need.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for the Kankakee and Illinois River Valleys
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.04 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Kankakee and Illinois river valleys, including $650,000 to the City of Spring Valley to help with one portion of the infrastructure improvements needed for a new Wal-Mart distribution center.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $1.1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for South Suburbs of Chicago
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago's southern suburbs, including $250,000 to the city of Oak Lawn for repairs to 10 streets.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southwestern Illinois and the Metro East
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.2 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Illinois and the Metro East, including $800,000 to the Mary Brown Center in East St. Louis for building repairs.


October 17, 2000
Ryan: $920,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Suburban Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $920,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in suburban Cook County, including $750,000 to Niles Township to construct a day care center adjacent to the township offices, as well as a food pantry and other building improvements.


October 16, 2000
First Lady Thanks Quiltmakers Guild for "Illinois" Quilt
SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan welcomed the Quiltmakers Guild to the Executive Mansion to view the "Illinois" quilt on display in the Kankakee Room. The "Illinois" Quilt was presented to Governor and Mrs. Ryan at the Quiltmakers Guild Show in Kankakee on September 30.


October 13, 2000
Cuban Boy Returns to Chicago for Medical Treatment
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan's humanitarian mission to Cuba last October established a foundation of friendship and cooperation that has led to the return of a seven year-old boy to Children's Memorial Hospital for a life-saving surgical procedure.


October 13, 2000
Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Sailors Killed on U.S.S. Cole
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that by presidential order, all American flags will be flown at half staff out of respect for the members of the United States Navy who died this week in an attack on the U.S.S COLE.


October 13, 2000
Governor Announces Grants to Help Reduce Infant Mortality Rates
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced a new $2 million initiative to further reduce the infant mortality rate in some of Illinois' neediest communities. The Targeted, Intensive Prenatal Case Management program will identify and help pregnant women who have a greater than average chance of giving birth prematurely. These at-risk infants are more likely to die before their first birthday, develop learning disabilities or face physical challenges during their lifetime.


October 13, 2000
Ryan: $1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwestern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.08 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwestern Illinois, including $250,000 to the Village of Elizabeth in Jo Daviess County to help purchase and preserve 200 acres of natural area that borders the historic town of Galena.


October 13, 2000
Ryan: $215,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's Southeast Side
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $215,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects on Chicago's Southeast side, including $100,000 to the Chicago Park District for improvements to the Murray Park Fieldhouse.


October 13, 2000
Ryan: $950,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago's Southwest Side
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $950,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects on Chicago's Southwest side, including $500,000 to the Polish American Association to purchase and rehabilitate a building in Chicago to use for various association programs.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $405,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $405,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $100,000 to the Village of Loami for the remodeling and repair of the Jacob Building for use as government offices and a community center.


October 12, 2000
Governor Ryan Addresses the ABA on the Condition of the Illinois Death Penalty System
ATLANTA, GA -- Governor George H. Ryan told the American Bar Association Conference "Call to Action: A Moratorium on Executions" that the Anthony Porter case was one of the pivotal moments in deciding his position on the death penalty. Ryan called it a case that "changed the way I view the system of capital punishment."


October 12, 2000
Winnebago County Teens to Assist with Anti-Tobacco Campaign
ROCKFORD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that Winnebago County teenagers will assist the Illinois Department of Public Health in a year-long effort to develop a statewide anti-tobacco campaign aimed at young people.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $125,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central DuPage County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $125,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central DuPage County, including $50,000 to the Village of Downers Grove to help purchase a new vehicle for the fire department's rescue squad.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $1.4 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Decatur and Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.4 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Decatur area and Central Illinois, including $300,000 to the city of Shelbyville to construct a new senior center for the people of Shelby County.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $351,500 in Illinois FIRST Projects for McHenry and Kane Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $351,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in McHenry and Kane counties, including $300,000 to the Village of Algonquin to help fund environmental and recreational improvements along the Fox River shore.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $553,200 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Peoria and Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $553,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in the Peoria area and Western Illinois, including $250,000 to Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg for the purchase of new computers for school's Education Technology Center.


October 12, 2000
Ryan: $20,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Riverside
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $20,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for the Riverside Art Center to expand and improve the center's facilities.


October 11, 2000
Ryan Names Gene Callahan to SIU Board of Trustees; Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Gene Callahan to the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $1.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.35 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $750,000 to the City of Champaign for infrastructure improvements in and around the new University of Illinois Research Park.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $198,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $198,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Western Illinois, including $175,000 to the Tri County Fire Protection District to help purchase a new fire truck and new equipment.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $1.5 Million in Illinois First Projects for Southwestern Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.5 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southwestern Cook County, including $450,000 to the South Lyons Township Sanitary District to help reconstruct, expand, and improve main line sewers that have caused backups in the past.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $1.7 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southeast Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.69 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southeastern Illinois, including $225,000 to help purchase a new handicapped accessible building for the Crawford County Senior Center.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $297,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northwestern Cook County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $297,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northwestern Cook County, including $120,000 to the Hoffman Estates Park District for repairs and renovations at High Point Park.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $125,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $125,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Northern Illinois, including $30,000 to the city of Loves Park for the purchase of two thermal imaging units for the city fire department.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2.34 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $800,000 to the City of Danville for the renovation and widening of Voorhees Street, a major road that serves many industries.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $987,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake, Northwestern Cook Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $987,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake and Northernwestern Cook counties, including $200,000 to the Village of Lake Barrington for improvements and the expansion of a major intersection near North Barrington Elementary School.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for DuPage and Kane Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1.23 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in DuPage and Kane counties, including $187,200 to the City of Batavia to help complete preliminary engineering work on the repair of the Donovan Bridge at Wilson Street over the Fox River, as well the construction of a new bridge at a different location.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $972,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $972,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $205,000 to the City of Mount Pulaski to build and equip a new sewage pump station.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $330,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Kendall, Kane Counties
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $330,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Kendall and Kane counties, including $130,000 to the Troy Fire Protection District for the purchase of a new ambulance that will replace outdated equipment.


October 11, 2000
Ryan: $66,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Lake County
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $66,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Lake County, including $36,000 to the Lake County Fire Departments Specialized Response Unit to purchase a new underwater sonar unit for rescues.


October 5, 2000
Governor Ryan Praises Congressional Action to Fund Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Up to $50 Million in Federal Funds Approved
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today applauded Congressional approval of up to $50 million in federal funds for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


October 5, 2000
Ryan Blasts HHS Decision to Cut Health Care Funding in Illinois
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today criticized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for cutting as much as $1 billion out of Illinois' health care budget over the next five years - a move that will endanger critical health services for children, senior citizens and the poor.


October 4, 2000
Governor Announces Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Improvements in Bourbonnais
Orders fast track for $3.5 million Illinois FIRST project
BOURBONNAIS -- Governor George H. Ryan today unveiled the details of work to improve safety at the railroad-highway crossing at St. George Road and Illinois Route 50 in Kankakee County.


October 3, 2000
First Lady Honored with McDonald's Founder's Award
CHICAGO -- Governor and Mrs. Ryan today joined McDonald's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jack M. Greenberg, to honor the birthday of company founder Ray Kroc by announcing the national kick-off for Founder's Week 2000, an opportunity for employees to give back to communities nationwide.


October 3, 2000
Governor Ryan Announces Renovations to Illinois State Fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the state will invest $4 million to refurbish three buildings on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The funds will be used to renovate the Emmerson Building, the Junior Home Economics Building, and horse barn 26.


October 3, 2000
Governor Releases Funds for Illinois Medical Center District Project
SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $3.5 million in state bond funds to construct a new Laboratory and Research Biotech Graduation Facility at the Illinois Medical Center District in Chicago.


October 3, 2000
Governor Releases Funds for Community College Projects
SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced the release of $1.7 million in state funds for various improvements at Kaskaskia Community College, Kiswaukee College and South Suburban College.

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